The IDE/parallel interface cable is about three feet long, and hooks up to
the parallel port of the hosts' computer through a special IDE port on the backside
of the Flip Disk. As this adapter cable blocks the parallel port during
use, a passthrough for a printer cable is integrated within the device. A power
'on' LED also displays the status of the device during use. I only have one
issue with this adapter and that is I had a difficult time screwing in
the connector stays, as they are slightly recessed, and the thumbscrews are too
small in diameter.
||The IDE connector on the back side of the Flip Disk
enables the device to be attached to a parallel port via a specialized
adapter cable with printer pass through.|
The drive installs easily into any laptops' PCMCIA port
or via the IDE/parallel adapter cable. On our 366Mhz Acer running Win98 we simply
plugged in the PCMCIA adapter from the FlipDisk and waited a few seconds
for the computer to recognize the new device, load the drivers, and enable
the device. The only hiccup that can occur when installing the Flip Disk to a PCMCIA port occurs when there are too many active devices. In
our situation we had to disable an infrared port before we could use
the drive properly.
Similar installation procedures accompanied the
IDE/parallel adapter cable. The sample we were sent came with disks that
were mislabeled incidentally. With the device attached, an installation utility installed the device to the computer. In this instance a short restart
and initializing a "device attach" utility were all that we had to do
to access the drives.
Tested Data transfer rate & seek
a few benchmarks on the Flip Disk to gauge how it performed in
both PCMCIA and parallel form. While its performance when connected via PCMCIA
was slow but acceptable, we found that it performed below tolerable
levels when using the
parallel cable adapter.
|| PCMCIA connection|
|Sisoft drive index
|Min disk cache
|Avg. access time
4Gb drive is partitioned
into 2Gb sections.